About Us

IMCAL is a professional organization whose primary goal is the continued growth and development of Southwest Louisiana, and has been since 1972.

We provide hands on technical assistance to local governments, businesses, and individuals. Many times we are their only source of assistance. IMCAL has a staff of six full time employees. The educational background of our staff includes several Masters degrees, and we have many years of combined experience in the development of Southwest Louisiana. Continued training and expertise is derived from the professional seminars and workshops that are attended by the staff on a regular basis.

Our board of directors is comprised of elected and appointed officials from throughout the five parishes and eighteen municipalities of Southwest Louisiana.  Although we receive funding from federal, state, and local sources, we are not a federal, state, or local government entity. We are a quasi-governmental agency, governed by our board of directors.

The need for a regional approach to the challenges in Southwest Louisiana, and a center of excellence to address these problem, is perhaps more prevalent today than when the Commission was formed. IMCAL has come a long way since 1972. Although areas of emphasis have changed somewhat over the years, one fact still remains: coordination, objectivity, impartiality, and a comprehensive approach to a regional development are still the cornerstone of IMCAL’s existence. We are the only regional organization in Southwest Louisiana charged with these responsibilities.

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Title VI Statement

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, and national origin.  Specifically, 42 USC 2000d states that “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  The use of the word “person” is important as the protections afforded under Title VI apply to anyone, regardless of whether the individual is lawfully present in the United States or a citizen of a State within the United States.  In addition to Title VI, there are other Nondiscrimination statutes that afford legal protection.  These statutes include the following: Section 162 (a) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (23 USC 324) (sex), Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (age), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability).  Taken together, these requirements define an over-arching Title VI/Nondiscrimination Program. It is important to also understand that Title VI and the additional Nondiscrimination requirements are applicable to Federal programs in addition to programs receiving federal financial assistance due to the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987.

You can access our Title VI plan here.